"Peace Be With You" — Shams & Tabrizi - 2017
I made this illustration to show the correlation between the Chakras, or energy centers, talked about in yoga practice; and their correlation to the nerve plexuses seen in modern anatomy, and Western medicine. Each of the nerve centers, or chakras, connect to the spine, which I learned from going to a chiropractor for a back injury. I would sit in his office while he was attending to other patients, and stare at the medical diagrams, charts and posters that lined his walls. After a while, I started to sense a connection between everything I was studying in yoga, and what I was seeing on his walls. An energetic connection.
By looking at the posters below (both of which we in my chiropractors office), you can see that each nerve plexus, or chakra, connects to the spine. The second poster, looks at spinal nerve function. As we can see; there is the vertebrae level, the area or organ that it affects, and the possible symptoms affected - when there is an imbalance. The more I stared at these posters, the more I realized just how important spinal health was, and how all of the movements we do in yoga lead to improved spinal health, which in turn improves organ function.
By stretching and strengthening all of the muscles that protect our spine, we are in essence, improving the overall health and function of our entire nervous system. Which, in turn, affects the overall health of our entire being. The human being.
Below are excerpts taken from an article for the Washington State Chiropractic Association, by Dennis Dilday, D.C.
"Patients and the public often think of Chiropractic as a “back pain” thing. Not so. The first Chiropractic patient was deaf and had no back pain. After being adjusted his hearing returned. Chiropractic has always been about the nerve system."
The Philosophy of Chiropractic starts with the acceptance of the fact that we have incomplete knowledge of health and healing – the “nature” of life you could say. Working knowledge and day-to-day use of that understanding is embodied in the phrase “The Big Idea”. Coined by BJ (Do I need to add Palmer, I wonder?) it was meant to, among other things, focus attention on the cause of health rather than the reflexive focus on what causes disease. That cause is an organizing energy inside of each of us. It is what makes us more than the sum of our parts. This force heals the cuts, and beats the heart. And in our acceptance of incomplete knowledge we hold it’s ancient Innatewisdom above our own understanding. Rather we strive to recognize its effect and understand its limitations, so that we can serve it’s cause while we serve our patients."
"Words are symbols that convey concepts. Their meanings are a matter of convention. In the pursuit of a better appreciation of Reality, we seem to be as close as anyone else. We are certainly fortunate that our chiropractic ancestors hung their hat on the nerve system as supreme – science is in full support of its importance in health and disease. As we use science to gain a more complete understanding, we seem perfectly positioned to advance our profession on the basis of both reason and science-based evidence that it’s safe, effective and affordable when compared to anything other option."
In conclusion I will offer a quote from Bill Esteb who, though not a chiropractor himself, has gotten The Big Idea. For well over 25 years he has shared that big idea in contemporary language for the benefit of chiropractors and their patients.
“Medicine is interested in the problem with the person. Chiropractic is interested in the person with the problem. Medicine focuses on the circulatory system. Chiropractic focuses on the nervous system. Medicine kills germs. Chiropractic strengthens immunity. Medicine attempts to suppress symptoms. Chiropractic attempts to enhance adaptability. Medicine makes the doctor or drugs the hero. Chiropractic makes the individual’s capacity to self heal the hero. Be proud of the differences. It’s why patients seek out and appreciate chiropractic care.”
Dr. Dennis Dilday is a seasoned chiropractor and a founding Board member of the Washington State Chiropractic Association. He has won numerous awards for his service to the profession, including the Chiropractic Society of Washington’s 1996 Chiropractor of the Year. Dennis continues to be on the cutting edge of chiropractic care. He sees patients out of his Everett private practice with passion and proficiency.